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Chelsea enters FA Cup semi-finals

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London, Mar 8 (ANI): Chelsea tightened their grip on the Football Association Cup and warned Aston Villa they are not about to let go.

The holders entered the semi-finals with a 2-0 victory over Stoke. An impressive performance from Carlo Ancelotti's side saw them clinch a Wembley date with Aston Villa.

Chelsea's assistant boss Ray Wilkins praised his team as they made it to a ninth FA Cup semi-final in 17 years.

"There's a feeling among these players that they own this competition. There's immense pride in every game they play. They're a group of winners. We never get beat because we don't put the effort in. Again today they showed a terrific will to win," The Sun quoted Wilkins, as saying.

"We class the FA Cup as a massive competition. The elation in the dressing room after last season was magnificent. The FA Cup is high on our list. Another game at Wembley is a huge incentive," he said.

Wilkins praised his skipper Johyn Terry, and said: "He's an exceptional captain and we're delighted to have him on board. He leads these players on the pitch in fantastic fashion and scored the second goal, which was a great goal. This was another superb performance from him."

Wilkins also made a point of saying that he is certain Joe Cole - who is out of contract in the summer - has a future at the club. (ANI)

Story first published: Monday, March 8, 2010, 12:54 [IST]
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